Prepare for a Taste of Yaletown

Yaletown is about to burst with flavour as the 15th Taste of Yaletown gets underway.

Running October 12 to 27, 2019, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Every year the neighbourhood chefs present unique sets of cuisine, tasting plates and pairings for the distinctive festival. Yaletown restaurants are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $35, $45 & $55 with some restaurants making offerings at multiple levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Japanese cuisine at Bistro Sakana, Vietnamese at Little Saigon, to Mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, and French fare at Provence Marinaside, or Italian at Robba di Matti.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

Provence Marinaside 9th Annual Tomato Festival

La Tomatina, the famed tomato throwing festival takes place in Spain in August, but you don’t have to go across the globe to get a your hand on fresh tomatoes.

For the entire month of August, Provence Marinaside celebrates all things tomato with its Ninth Annual Tomato Festival. You might not get to take out your aggressions by throwing them but you’ll certainly get to enjoy the summer fresh goodness. Provence Marinaside is offering special prix fixe menu that will satisfy even the most addicted tomato-holic.

Whether eaten fresh-picked from the vine, mixed into salsas and salads, juiced, roasted or sun-dried – there are almost as many ways to enjoy tomato’s flavourful goodness as there are varieties.  “They are the taste of the sun, and remind me of long summer days when I was a child in Provence,” says Provence Marinaside’s Executive Chef Jean Francis Quaglia.

Grilled Halibut with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette
Photo: N Wong

This three-course seasonal menu is priced at $58 with an optional rosé wine pairing which has been carefully selected by Wine Director Joshua Carlson and his sommelier team. The wine pairing is priced at $30 for a different rosé with each course, or only $20 for a smaller pour. Both the individual dishes and the wines are also available à la carte should you so choose.   For the three-course Tomato Festival menu options; starters, mains and dessert visit Provence Marinaside online.

“Locally-grown tomatoes have a more intense flavor profile,” says Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff who worked with Chef Jean Francis to design the Tomato Festival Menu. “They could not be more different from the tasteless varieties you find at the large grocery stores. We are fortunate to work with BC producers who supply us with amazing varieties of heirloom and modern varieties. Local tomatoes just taste so much better.”

Provence Marinaside Patio
Photo: N Wong

The Ninth Annual Tomato Festival, starts tomorrow, August 1 and continues throughout the month at Provence Marinaside, located at the foot of Davie St. and across from the Quayside Marina in Yaletown.

Taste Of Yaletown serves up flavours.

Yaletown is in the midst of a flavourful festival of fixed price menus for Taste of Yaletown.

Running until October 27, 2017, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Two dozen of the neighbourhood chefs are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, tastings, and unique pairings that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $25, $35 & $45 with some restaurants making offerings at all three levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Tom Yum at Simply Thai, Mexican at the recently opened Fayuca, Italian fare at La Pentola or Yaletown L’Antipasto, taste the mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, grab a sweet and savory slice at Lime & Moon Pie Company, chocolate and whisky at Xoxolat and so many more.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

The Union Bar

A bright spot in a sometimes unwelcoming neighbourhood, The Union Bar heralds a rejuvenation of Vancouver’s downtown eastside. The lastest offering from The Cascade Companybrings another great location into the restaurant family that includes The Cascade Room, Habit and Latitude. Tucked in behind the Jimi Hendrix Shrine on Union Street, in the ground floor of the V6A development, along with a growing selection of other new businesses, the dark and stylish bar welcomes patrons to interact with their community at the long communal dining tables or be close to the action by perching at the bar.

Hot & Sour Soup

Chef Lisa Henderson has created a beautifully varied Southwest Asian inspired menu.
A participant in the FeastVan promotion, $1 from each prix fixe menu supports the Vancouver Inner City Backpack Food Program, the $20 menu is a perfect three course sampling. With two starters, entrees and desserts it’s the perfect option to share as my friend and I did, so we could try it all.

Green Papaya Salad

Beginning with a light, flavourful Hot & Sour Soup or fresh Green Papaya Salad (just two of a large list from the main menu), the appetizers may at first appear on the small side, they are just the thing to start your tastebuds.

 

 

 

The two entrees, Nasi Goreng – perfectly spiced rice, chicken and shrimp combined and topped with a perfectly fried egg and Peanut Noodles – thick noodles with shitake mushrooms, eggplant and a rich peanut sauce, are ample and rich with flavour, making the other bowls on the main menu a temptation for future visits.

Hot & Sweet Mango & Lychee Crumble

Pandan Coconut Pannacotta

Rounding out the meal with two desserts that are both light and rich at the same time. Pandan Coconut Pannacotta, warm, toasted popcorn-like scented cream is topped with tapioca pearls, caramelized baby banana and brandy snap or Hot & Sweet Mango & Lychee Crumble – dense and moist crumble mixed with mango and topped with a lychee and cream.

Typhoon Jimi Mocktail & Phuket Coconut Spritzer Cocktail

Pairing the meal with one of a wide selection of wine, beer and unique Asian influenced cocktails created by Arthur Wynne tops off the dinner perfectly. Even the non-alcoholic creations are deliciously refreshing and quenching.
Head down and try the FeastVan prix fixe menu now, until February 5th or stop by anytime for a great a la carte meal or cocktail.

The Union Bar is located at 219 Union Street (near Main Street)
Contact info@theunionbar.ca or 604.568.3230
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